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IBM Research Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.8 346 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

IBM Research CEO Virginia Rommety

Virginia Rommety

(47 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Breadth of technologies; really smart people; excellent work-life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • They allow for a lot of work from home opportunities and benefits are great (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of the senior management believes it has the "vision" necessary to micro-manage the work of research staff (in 8 reviews)

  • Lots of uncertainty regarding job security and very hard career growth (in 6 reviews)

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    Many excellent researchers in one place.

    Postdoctoral Researcher (Current Employee) Yorktown Heights, NY

    ProsResources both physical, monetary, and intellectual

    ConsValuing the share price of employee satisfaction

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsQuite many legendary figures are still here. There are many aspects of business technology one can work on. Flexible hours, individual offices. New Watson technology is exciting for AI scholars.

    ConsIBM business is struggling, losing business in its traditional domains. Some drastic changes in business model are pending.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep smaller research staff, let go less productive people, treat the remaining team well, focus on longer term goal.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    One of the best labs for industrial research

    Research Staff Member (Current Employee) Yorktown Heights, NY

    ProsGood colleagues, flexible work-life scheduling, ability to work at the interface of applied research and product development.

    ConsNo major cons really, although environment is not as fast paced as at smaller companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRigid organization structure is sometimes an impediment to fostering cross-department initiatives.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    IBM Research is great, but IBM corporate is not what it used to be

    Research Staff Member (Former Employee) Yorktown Heights, NY

    ProsPeers at IBM Research are technically able and treat you with respect. Low-level managers are often very good.

    ConsCorporate management too slow in responding to technical change and unable to lead company for organic growth and are choking profits out of the company instead of feeding the right areas for growth. Corporate mgmt and HR office put short term profits and goals ahead of respect for employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake your eyes of where the customer IS and look at where the customer is GOING. Stop bleeding the company for short term profits.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYou get to work with leading researchers across several fields in computer science in a friendly atmosphere.

    The best thing about IBM Research is the variety of problems that you get to choose from: even in the same group, members can be working on anything from cutting edge theoretical work to work that directly impacts the company's products.

    ConsNone really. This was an amazing place to work. The lab is a bit far from San Jose city center, but that's hardly their fault.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Good work/life balance, academic freedom.

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Yorktown Heights, NY

    ProsGood work/life balance. Freedom to choose research topic.

    ConsSometimes you want to have a quick dinner outside and come back to continue to work. But there's no restaurant nearby this place.

    Advice to Senior Management.

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    Good place to work, a lot of nice people around

    Postdoctoral Researcher (Former Employee) Yorktown, NY

    ProsPeople are knowledgeable and kind, lots of good things to learn if you are in the right team. Funding generally is not a problem. Working on a right project can help you publish a lot of work.
    Work life balance is good. Generally no need to travel or work over the weekend. Things go along with a steady pace.
    Reporting structure is generally stable. You report to one boss and don't have to change manager all the time, which happens in some other companies

    ConsPeople are lay back. Hardworking may not necessary bring you promotion or salary increse. Besides work, politics also impacts your performance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Great company to do computer-science applied research

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMulti-disciplinary environment from software to material engineering.
    Impact on exciting and real products.
    Quite flexible working environment.

    ConsBeing a huge company, sometimes internal bureaucracy is quite a burden.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great reservoir for smart people

    IBM Research PhD (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsFlexible and nice hours, interesting research with smart people... free conference travel throughout the year.... work from home is also possible...

    Consseems like the time commitment of corporate projects are increasing with a decrease in that of free research... food is really not tolerable after a short while...

    Advice to Senior Managementimprove the canteen....

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    If you like some freedom, it is good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDon't need to stay in office
    Have some freedom (although not very much) to do what you like
    Good pay for researchers than most universities

    ConsPolitics, slow process, old
    For young people, hard to be promoted
    Some arrogant senior guys
    some times, need work overtime
    some projects are not good

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe agile

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